Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: PNW: at the foot of a volcano
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So yesterday I read through all 12 pages of posts in this forum for parenting multiples and found answers and insights to some of the things I've been struggling with and I have a follow up question/situation I'd love help with.
My babes are 9 weeks old. I figured out, probably out of laziness, how to nurse them while laying down, about four or five weeks ago. We use the three pillow method - one under my head, one on either side with a baby on each side pillow.
My biggest problem is I can't figure out how to get out from under them without waking them up so I end up falling asleep with them latched on and am absolutely dying by morning because I haven't moved all night and have been flat on my back. This position doesn't exactly allow me a lot of ease in moving them gently. I try and wiggle the pillow out from under each of them, starting at their feet but their bodies usually plop to the bed at some point. If I get my arms out from under them and just sit up, they fall off their pillows, roll into where my body was, and wake up. When we're all in position they are more in the crack between the pillow and my body vs. up on the pillow.
During the day they will nurse, let me put them down, and fall asleep - downstairs. At night when we bring them upstairs to our room they completely freak out and start crying the minute we put them down on our bed. The only thing that seems to calm them is nursing, which I have no problem with but I need to be able to move them.
Our ideal situation is to have them sleep in the crib that is sidecarred to our bed. They won't touch it. I either can't move them or if my dh picks up a sleeping baby off of me and transfers him or her to the crib, the baby wakes up within 90 seconds and is in tears.
Yikes! This has gotten too long. We're really at a loss about what to do. I love having them snuggled up with me all night but my back cannot take this any longer...
I know my question(s) are kind of lost in my diatribe but thanks for any thoughts you may have!
P.S. What fun to add another set of end of September twins to the community!
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